Family Sues Dublin and State Officials in Pond Death

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The south pond at the interchange of Rt. 161 and Avery Road in Dublin
The south pond at the interchange of Rt. 161 and Avery Road in Dublin

The family of a man who drowned after his car crashed into a pond in Dublin has sued the city and several highway officials. Samuel Pittro died after his car drove into the pond at the intersection of route 33 and Avery Muirfield Road in February 2008. As WOSU first reported, Dublin and the Ohio Department of Transportation were warned the ponds were dangerous. The city, at one had point, planned to install metal grates just below the surface. In theory, the grates would prevent cars from sinking, but the city scrapped the idea.

The lawsuit names the city of Dublin, its former engineer Balbir Kindra, its current engineer Paul Hammersmith, former ODOT director Gordon Proctor, former ODOT Deputy Director Jack Marchbanks and others.

Pittro was the second man to die in the ponds. In 2004, Douglas Schaefer’s car also veered off Avery Road and went into one of the ponds after he suffered a seizure behind the wheel.

The city has since installed guardrails to prevent cars from entering the ponds from Avery Muirfiled Road.

Click on the play button to hear an interview with attorney Tim Tullis. Tullis represents the Pittro family.

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